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Product Development Manager, Tools



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Join our Product Development Team at Helen of Troy as our Product Development Manager, Tools (hybrid work onsite and from home), and make an immediate impact on our trusted brands: OXO, Hydro Flask, Osprey, Honeywell, PUR, Braun, Vicks, Hot Tools, Drybar, Curlsmith, and Revlon. Together, we build innovative and useful products that elevate people's lives everywhere every day!

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Work Location: Boston, MA

What you will be doing:

We are looking for a savvy, hardworking and experienced Product Development Manager for beauty tools, who is passionate about launching new products in the beauty sector! This position will be critical, responsible for managing the daily activities of product development, evaluating, and developing new products and line extensions that fit with each brand’s portfolio, and managing the entire process from concept to launch. They will work closely with brand marketing, sales, sourcing, operations, industrial design, and engineering as part of the product development cycle. The ideal candidate is beauty obsessed, creative and curious, has a background in product development in the beauty industry, preferably beauty tools, and thrives in a fast-paced, very hands-on environment with a can-do attitude and attention to detail.

  • Responsible for managing and completing all phases of the product development process from concept to launch for beauty tools.

  • Stays up to date on the latest beauty industry trends, consumer, and competitor activity to be able to generate product vision backed with data to encourage and advise briefs and manage product innovation conceptualization.

  • Maintain strong product and brand focus keeping the customer top of mind. Manages and crafts new product development briefs that address consumer needs and ensure product experience and uniqueness are delivered upon, with the alignment of marketing on key ingredients, features, and benefits. Maintain the product roadmap, keeping it always up to date.

  • Manages the daily functions of product development, driving the project forward, ensuring all product development tasks are timely, aligned to and documented. Maintains and manages timelines with key product development achievements, reports out in Phase Reviews and dashboard meetings, identifying all project risks throughout the product development cycle while providing appropriate risk mitigation plans, resolving obstacles, recommending solutions, and providing visibility cross functionally to risks.

  • Reviews and evaluate submissions and advise on redirects providing specific directions to design and engineering.

  • Prepare and present projects for project/design reviews, tooling reviews, brainstorm sessions, weekly team meetings etc.

  • Manages accurate product cost estimates for project financial justification and Cog’s analysis.

  • Work closely with industrial design and engineering on the entire product process, ensuring we meet timelines, submissions for internal and external testing, claim support and testing requirements.

  • Manages the collaboration of communication between design, engineering, and manufacturing to ensure a successful, timely product launch.

Skills needed to be successful in this role:

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and to identify when assistance is needed and seek help from appropriate parties.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to problem solve.

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to switch between projects without sacrificing quality and accuracy.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Proactive and self-motivated individual with a passion for product development in beauty, staying up to date with industry trends.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5+ years in the personal care industry within Product Development

  • Experience in product development in personal care industry in beauty tools

  • Engineering -ME or EE engineering experience

  • Technical skills in mechanical and electrical systems found in consumer appliances.

  • Solid working knowledge of plastics, injection molding and manufacturing processes typically found in consumer appliances

  • Solid experience understanding and working with/around a complex patent environment

  • Ability to harness the team’s technical creativity and transform it into specific design solutions that meet schedule, cost, and performance goals

  • Experience with DFMA and FMEA methodology

  • Familiar with CAD, FEA, CFD, and other engineering tools

  • Familiar with appliance regulatory and testing agencies such as UL, ETL, CE, CSA, ASTM, IEC, RoHS

  • 30-50% travel (international and domestic)

  • Authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Wondering if you should apply? Helen of Troy welcomes people as diverse as our brands. Have the confidence to come as who you are because your point of view, skills, and experience will make us stronger. If you're eager to share new ideas and try new things, we want to hear from you.



For more information about Helen of Troy, visit www.helenoftroy.com. You can also find us on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Helen of Troy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to developing a diverse workforce and cultivating an inclusive environment. We value diversity and believe that we are strengthened by the differences in our experiences, thinking, culture and background. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or any protected basis.

We will provide individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application process. If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (915) 225-8000.

Incorporated in 1968, Helen of Troy has grown into a leading global consumer products company with career opportunities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. We offer creative solutions for our customers through a diversified portfolio of well-recognized and widely trusted brands, including OXO®, Hydro Flask®, Osprey®, Honeywell®, PUR®, Braun®, Vicks®, Hot Tools®, Drybar®. Most of these brands rank #1 or #2 in their respective categories.

We boldly bring brands into our family, where we nurture what makes them great. We collaborate internally and externally, always striving to provide the consumer-centric innovation, operational excellence, scale, global reach, and stellar shared services to make them soar.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. Management retains the right to add or to change duties of the position at any time.